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Looking for honest input about 2014 ZR9000

Hello, fellow cat riders;

I'm contemplating purchasing a low mileage 2014 ZR9000 Sno Pro, but looking for any information about any problems or deficiencies in theses sleds. I seem to recall hearing of problems with the reverse mechanisms. I'm looking for any input about these to make an informed decision on this sled.

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They are a good machine have one for sale myself . The only issue I've had is the jackshaft needs to be updated . Originally the chaincase side has a bearing with a locking collar thats junk and can come apart . The updated jackshaft is larger and uses no locking collar and is hardened longer that the top drive gear doesn't wear on shaft . Had no problems after I installed updated shaft and bearing.
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the 14's got the belt scoop update and the big fin secondary, the 15's got the better seat, the jackshaft and the lower steering shaft reinforcement.

Owning a Thundercat is like having a totally hot wife..... All of your friends want to see it, feel it and check it out..... They all want to know what it is like to ride it, but if they only knew how much time and money it takes to keep one up, they would call you a fool!

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"Of all the 850 vs Sidewinders/Thundercat/ZR 9000's; you are the first I have ever heard that beat one. I know the 850 is strong but it's down 30 hp from the turbo sleds.
I have a low slung fully built( by a well know engine builder) 3 cylinder 800 cc that made multiple dyno pulls over 200 hp on a calibrated Land and Sea dyno and I barely pull my buddy on his stock Thundercat. And I do have video."

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OK thanks guy's that would be something I'll check on. anybody know what the difference in weight between the 9000 turbo and the 8000 2 stroke
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Owning a Thundercat is like having a totally hot wife..... All of your friends want to see it, feel it and check it out..... They all want to know what it is like to ride it, but if they only knew how much time and money it takes to keep one up, they would call you a fool!

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"Of all the 850 vs Sidewinders/Thundercat/ZR 9000's; you are the first I have ever heard that beat one. I know the 850 is strong but it's down 30 hp from the turbo sleds.
I have a low slung fully built( by a well know engine builder) 3 cylinder 800 cc that made multiple dyno pulls over 200 hp on a calibrated Land and Sea dyno and I barely pull my buddy on his stock Thundercat. And I do have video."

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"That supposed to be like that?" "What the hell was that?" "Did you just pee in your spacesuit"
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hi there i have a 2016 1100 turbo bought brand new and my friend has a 2017 998 turbo bought brand new . we both are new to the AC world and can not get a ride on either one of them. my 2016 has almost 400 miles and 4 break downs so far. my friends has 500 miles clutch, relays batteries, limp mode ect. can't win. my 16 split coolant muffler exploded and if its -15 im stranded... i really dont know what to do with mine . any ideas would be great
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hi there i have a 2016 1100 turbo bought brand new and my friend has a 2017 998 turbo bought brand new . we both are new to the AC world and can not get a ride on either one of them. my 2016 has almost 400 miles and 4 break downs so far. my friends has 500 miles clutch, relays batteries, limp mode ect. can't win. my 16 split coolant muffler exploded and if its -15 im stranded... i really dont know what to do with mine . any ideas would be great
You guys have bad luck or you're overexagerating. They're both solid sleds.

My friends 16 has a ton of miles on it (15k kms +), has had some problems but mostly just wear because of the mileage.

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the 14's got the belt scoop update and the big fin secondary, the 15's got the better seat, the jackshaft and the lower steering shaft reinforcement.
When you say the jackshaft are you referring to the shaft that the secondary clutch gets bolted to. Also is doing the update just a matter of ordering the later year parts and swapping them out. I have two options to choose from 1=2014 Sno Pro and a 2015 Limited both extremely low miles, but price is about $1700 different might be worth saving the 1700 and doing the updates. Do you also know what exactly the steering shaft reinforcement entails is that another update able to be performed on the older sled??

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If you get it, change out the front skid shock spring and you will make a huge difference in it. A 160 pound spring from Zbroz or my custom made for this application will do it.

Front skid shock spring at https://stingraymods.com/

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When you say the jackshaft are you referring to the shaft that the secondary clutch gets bolted to. Also is doing the update just a matter of ordering the later year parts and swapping them out. I have two options to choose from 1=2014 Sno Pro and a 2015 Limited both extremely low miles, but price is about $1700 different might be worth saving the 1700 and doing the updates. Do you also know what exactly the steering shaft reinforcement entails is that another update able to be performed on the older sled??

Thank you;
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Yes that shaft the secondary is mounted on is called a jackshaft. The machining (sharp corners and no radius from what I understand) and/or the heat treating caused some to snap off. Definitely upgrade that. Your money but after myself passing on a discounted new 14 to a 15 when I bought mine I'm sure glad I got a 15, my opinion, the best year. I would look for one of them. Also has the inner clutch scoop not on the 14. It's molded into the side panel. Lower steering post reinforcement. your call it would be a lot of taking things apart to get to where it has to go.

And Stingray's right, that one spring change really flattens out the cornering, and it's a dual rate 55 pound/250 pound instead of 90/250. so the soft rate is softer and it's only $35 bucks https://store.arcticcat.com/Parts#/s/ARC//2704-927/1/

If you like it , use your judgement. If it were me I would look for a 15, never know might find a deal on one of those. Theres a lot of sleds out there now

Owning a Thundercat is like having a totally hot wife..... All of your friends want to see it, feel it and check it out..... They all want to know what it is like to ride it, but if they only knew how much time and money it takes to keep one up, they would call you a fool!

Seen in a DOO forum

"Of all the 850 vs Sidewinders/Thundercat/ZR 9000's; you are the first I have ever heard that beat one. I know the 850 is strong but it's down 30 hp from the turbo sleds.
I have a low slung fully built( by a well know engine builder) 3 cylinder 800 cc that made multiple dyno pulls over 200 hp on a calibrated Land and Sea dyno and I barely pull my buddy on his stock Thundercat. And I do have video."

Things on NASA headphones that are not good;
"That supposed to be like that?" "What the hell was that?" "Did you just pee in your spacesuit"

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